Several Atomic Tumblers come up big at LA’s Snowflake Invite

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By Special to the Monitor

Los Alamos School of Gymnastics played host to four other teams at the Atomic City Tumblers’ Snowflake Invitational

Jan. 30.

Besides Los Alamos, Gold Cup and G-Force of Albuquerque, Zia of Santa Fe and Taos Gymnastics were all represented.

Los Alamos’ high scorer of the day was Annika Bronkhorst, who won the level 7 competition with a 35.925.

Bronkhorst placed first on vault (9.325), balance beam (8.60) and floor exercises (9.25) and second on uneven parallel bars (8.75) to win the competition.

Meanwhile, teammate Jessica Allen placed first on bars (8.85) and second on vault (9.15), but was unable to finish the meet due to an injury sustained during beam warm-up.

Also at the home meet for Los Alamos, Megan Kuzmack won the 10-13 age division of the level 6 competition, earning an all-around score of 35.50.

Kuzmack finished first on vault (9.15), beam (9.075) and floor (9.275) as well as taking fourth on bars (8.00).

Teammate Claire Garnett was second in this division with 35.00.

Garnett  placed first on bars (8.90), second on beam (9.00) and took fourth on both vault (8.70) and floor (8.40).

Katya Skurikhin was fourth in that same division, scoring a 32.85. Skurikhin placed second on bars (8.75), third on vault (8.75), sixth on beam (7.45) and eighth on floor (7.90).

Rebecca Runnels was first in the level 6, 14−16 year-old age division with 32.85.   Runnels won the vault (8.90) and floor (8.80), finished second on beam (7.25) and third on bars (7.90).

Following Runnels, Sarah Palmer was second in this division with 32.70. She was first on beam (8.70), third on vault (8.45) and floor (8.15) and fourth on bars (7.40).

In the level 5 competition, Luvina Lucero had the highest Los Alamos all-around total of the day with 34.70, which was good enough for second place in the 13-15 age division.

Lucero was closely followed by teammate Rachel Martineau who took third with 34.20.

In the competition, Lucero placed first on vault (8.45), second on floor (9.05) and third on bars (8.70) and beam (8.50). Martineau placed first on beam (8.70), second on vault (8.40), third on floor (8.85) and sixth on bars (8.25).

Also for the Tumblers, Jackie Cooke placed fourth on bars (8.40) and sixth on floor (7.00) in that same division, while Elise Kessler was sixth on vault (8.40) and seventh on bars (7.25).

Kaelan Prime competed in the 11-12 year-old level 5 division, finishing seventh with 33.225. Prime placed second on bars (9.15), sixth on beam (8.625) and eighth on floor (8.45).

In the 10-year-old, level 5 division, Jenna Weatherbie was sixth with 31.675 and Sophia Jeffery was seventh with 30.45.

For Weatherbie, she took third on vault (7.95), fifth on bars (7.50) and floor (8.80) and sixth on beam (7.425). Jeffrey, meanwhile, tied for fourth on beam (8.25) and placed sixth on bars (7.35) and seventh on both vault (7.00) and floor (7.85).

Carley Stilwell finished third in the 9-year-old, level 5 division with 33.50. She was first on vault (8.60), third on bars (8.10) and fourth on beam (7.85) and floor (8.95).    

The Los Alamos high scorer in level 4 was Katrina Vinyard with a 34.55.  Vinyard placed third in the 9-year-old division, winning the vault (9.00), tying for second on bars (8.70) and taking fourth on beam (8.55) and fifth on floor (8.30).

Dominique Lucero also competed in the division, finishing seventh with 32.50.

She tied for fourth on vault (8.60), placed seventh on bars (8.35) and beam (7.85) and was ninth on floor (7.70).

Ainsley Thistlewaite was ninth on vault in that same division (8.30) and was 10th on bars (7.25) and eighth on beam (7.10). Natalie Nixon took 10th on vault (8.15) and ninth on bars (8.15) in that same division.

Also for the Tumblers, Bridget Toone was eighth on bars (8.30) in the division.

Ramya Stevens placed seventh in the 10-11 year old division with a 32.80. Stevens tied for third on vault (8.90), placed seventh on bars (8.40) and eighth on beam (7.20) and floor (8.30).

Annija Westfall was ninth in this same division with 30.85. She placed eighth on bars (8.15) and ninth on floor (7.45).

Katy Stockton competed in her first meet ever in this division tying for eighth on bars (8.15).

Madison Koller was 10th in that division on vault (8.40) and bars (7.55), while in the 12−14 age division, Sally Grindstaff was first all-around with 33.85, going first on vault (9.00), bars (8.80), and beam (8.40), and second on floor (7.65).